“When You said, ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to You, ‘Your face, LORD, I will seek.'” Psalm 27:8
“I am Yours, save me; for I have sought Your precepts.” Psalm 119:94
“Those who seek me diligently will find me.” Proverbs 8:17
“The humble shall see this and be glad; and you who seek God, your hearts shall live.” Psalm 69:32
“Seek, and you will find.” Matthew 7:7
“Whoever finds me finds life.” Proverbs 8:35
“I am … the life.” John 14:6
Such arguments and entreaties we may use with God to strengthen us in faith. He does not need them — but we do. And He is well pleased when we take Him at His word. Were we to decline approaching God with supplications until our hearts were conscious of peculiar life and earnestness, we might perhaps forever remain distant and prayerless. We must not, therefore, yield to the suggestions of a dull frame — but rouse ourselves and at least make a determined effort. Thus we may hope that God will help our infirmities and warm our affections so that our hearts while seeking Him amidst much discouragement, may “live.”
O Lord, I plead Your precious promises, and You cannot deny Your word. You have engaged to assist a feeble petitioner. Let Your Holy Spirit abide with me, to quicken my soul when fainting and to rule my heart in all things, that no sin may have dominion over me; but, that I may conquer evil within me, overcome the world without me, and win the prize set before me.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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